Books You NEED to Read
Peter Enns: The Bible Tells Me So
This book will liberate you to read the Bible the way it was intended to be read.
N.T. Wright: Simply Jesus
Wright is a brilliant New Testament scholar, who cares about writing in ways that everyone can understand. This book sums up how the whole story of scripture was leading up to Jesus in a powerful way.
John Ortberg: The Me I Want to Be
Many books have challenged me to think or understand something in a new way. This book actually changed the way I live my life. Read it and allow it to free you to live the life God intended you to live.
Andy Stanley: Deep and Wide
Hands down the best Church Leadership/Programming book I have ever read.
Stephen Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
I don’t care how old this book is, it will never be out of date. Read it, let it wreck you, and then become a more effective person.
Mark DeVries: Sustainable Youth Ministry
There’s lots of great Youth Ministry books out there. If you only read one, make it this one.
My Favorite Preachers to Listen To
Alistair Begg – Alistair is an old Irish dude who knows more about the Bible than just about any preacher I’ve ever listened to.
Current Students Checkpoints – Checkpoints we developed for planning each year of messages
Sermon Outline Sheet – Resource I developed for easy focused planning of Student Ministry sermons.
Small Group Questions Template – Template I developed for easy “FLOW” discussion
Open.lifechurch.tv – Tons of free media, small groups questions, and resources for sermon series
Youth Ministry Geek – Student Ministry from a technological perspective
Center for Parent/Youth Understanding – A great resource for parents
Videoteaching.com – Online library of video messages from Christian communicators for free
Youthministry.com – Tons of free tools and resources for Student Ministry
Out of Ur – Ministry and Culture
YPulse – Receive regular updates on the latest fads for youth culture
Live Curriculum – Help plan out teaching points for all 7 years of Student Ministry
Worship Leader Expectations – Expectations I developed to go over with a student ministry worship team.
Worship Service Principles – Guidelines to go over with worship teams
Planning Center – A great place for churches to organize volunteers and programming
Lowel EDU – Learn cool lighting techniques for free
Stixy – Online storyboarding
Church Crunch – Web technology for churches
Loops in Worship – Tools for creating and using loops in worship
Guitar for Worship – Everything you could ever want for making the perfect guitar sounds for worship
Guitar Pedals for Worship – Help in selecting the perfect pedals